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TR-50559-14

WGBH Educational Foundation (Boston, MA 02135-2016)
Mark Samels (Project Director: January 2014 to present)

American Experience: Into the Amazon: The Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition

Production of a two-hour documentary film about a 1913 expedition to explore an unmapped tributary of the Amazon, led by Theodore Roosevelt and Brazilian colonel Candido Rondon.

This is a request to the National Endowment for the Humanities for funds to support the production of "Into the Amazon: The Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition," a special presentation of "American Experience," for broadcast on PBS. This two-hour film tells the story of a remarkable expedition, led by former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and legendary Brazilian explorer Candido Mariano Da Silva Rondon, to explore an uncharted spur of the Amazon in one of the most remote and forbidding landscapes on earth. Over eight eventful weeks in the Brazilian rainforest Roosevelt and Rondon encountered and ultimately overcame a seemingly endless array of obstacles, including poisonous snakes, ravenous insects, flesh-eating fish, and impassable rapids. Meanwhile, indigenous people watched the expedition from the shadows, and debated whether the interlopers should live or die.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Media Projects Production

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$600,000 (approved)
$600,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 11/30/2016